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LIFF19 The Mayor: Italian Politics 4 Dummies

This exhilarating exposé boldly unveils the inner mechanics of Italian politics with a hidden-camera documentary that has opened the eyes of film-festival goers worldwide. 

In early 2017, Ismaele La Vardera, a 22-year-old Sicilian journalist, surprised the Italian political scene when he announced his candidacy for mayor in the southern city of Palermo. Pitched as a ‘David and Goliath’ battle, La Vardera quickly gained interest from all corners of Italian politics including Matteo Salvini - one of the most prominent politicians in Italy today. However, there is more to the story. With a hidden camera he recorded every moment of his adventure, collecting private conversations with national political leaders, fixers, local influencers, even relatives of imprisoned mafia bosses. All the highlights and secret video recordings from the thrilling campaign are presented in this film, shining a light on the back-door dealings of the contemporary Italian political system.

AWARDS

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Shanghai International Film Festival 2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Transilvania International Film Festival 2019

MOVIE INFORMATION

RELEASE DATE
Tuesday 17th September

DURATION
90 min

RATING
18+

CAST
Francesco Benigno, Salvatore Cuffaro, Ignazio La Russa

GENRE
Film Festival

LANGUAGE
Italian with English subtitles

PARTICIPATING CINEMAS
Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace James Street, Palace Barracks, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Verona, Palace Westgarth, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Central Sydney, Kino Cinema, Palace Cinema Paradiso

Event starts
Tuesday 17 September, 2019
Event Ends
Tuesday 17 September, 2019
Venue
Various venues
Venue Address
Various venues
Location

National, , Various venues

Website
Palace Cinemas (opens in new window)
Category
Screenings, Festivals & Programs